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FLORENCE — Voters worried about visiting their polling places next week during a pandemic need never go inside.

The Pinal County Elections Department will offer curbside voting for those who want it for Tuesday’s primary election, Director Michele Forney said.

A-frame signs at polling places will provide a phone number a voter may call to request it. Voters will then wait in their car for poll workers to come outside, check the person in and bring them a ballot.

“It’s not quite the same as drive-thru voting, but for people who have mobility issues, immunity issues or health concerns, we will come to them,” Forney said.

Other voters will notice extra precautions on Tuesday. Forney noted Pinal County’s policy is to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings when they interact with others or are out in public, “so we are strongly encouraging it” at the polls. “If they are voting in a city that has a mask mandate, then we are abiding by that as well.”

A limited supply of masks will be available for voters who don’t bring their own. There will be hand sanitizer and pen sanitizer, and voters may bring their own black- or blue-ink pens.

Elections staff have already tabulated almost 15,000 early ballots, and drop-off boxes at recorder’s offices around the county will continue to accept ballots until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters may also bring their early ballots to their polling places and place them in the drop-off bag or hand them to a coordinating worker in the polling place.

Forney said she believes the county has enough poll workers for Tuesday, “but we’ll always take more.”

Interested people may visit pinalcountyaz.gov/elections and click on the Poll Workers section at the bottom of the page.

“Our poll workers rise to the challenges we put upon them. They’re really awesome and we couldn’t do this without them,” Forney said.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.

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